Salt Lake City, Utah - The Oklahoma City Dodgers overcame an early two-run deficit and Edwin Rios hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning, leading to a 3-2 win over the Salt Lake Bees Tuesday night at Smith's Ballpark.
The Bees (59-57) scored two runs in the second inning and still led 2-0 entering the fourth inning when the Dodgers got on the board. OKC started the inning with three straight hits. Rios' RBI single to left field cut the deficit to 2-1. The Dodgers (61-53) still had runners at first and second with none out, and then runners at second and third base with one out, but could not score the tying run.
With the Bees leading, 2-1, and one out in top of the fifth inning, lights throughout Smith's Ballpark went out, resulting in a delay of 24 minutes before they came back on.
After play resumed, the Dodgers tied the game in the seventh inning. With one out, Trayce Thompson hit a triple to deep center field. Bobby Wilson followed with a sac fly to make it 2-2.
In the bottom of the inning, the Bees threatened to jump in front. Rey Navarro drew a leadoff walk, and with one out, he advanced up to third base on two separate balks by Yaisel Sierra. Sierra struck out Dustin Ackley for the second out but walked the next two batters to load the bases.
Jeremy Bleich replaced Sierra and got David Fletcher to hit a low pop up into foul ground on the third base side. Rob Segedin made a sliding grab near the Dodgers dugout to end the inning.
With two outs in the top of the eighth inning, Rios swatted a solo home run the opposite way out to left-center field to give the Dodgers their first lead. It was Rios' second homer in three games and his seventh in 27 games since joining the team.
The Dodgers were still nursing a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. Nolan Fontana led off and battled Steve Geltz for 10 pitches, but Geltz ultimately struck him out. Ackley followed with an infield single and was replaced by pinch runner Sherman Johnson. With pinch hitter Ramon Flores at the plate, Johnson attempted to steal second base, but he was thrown out by Wilson. Geltz then struck out Flores to end the game, as Geltz picked up his third save.
The OKC pitching staff held Salt Lake scoreless over the final seven innings and limited the Bees to four singles during that time. After the second inning, the only time Salt Lake put a runner in scoring position was in the seventh inning.
It was the second time in the last three games the Dodgers won when trailing after six innings and was their third win in their last four games overall.
Salt Lake jumped out to a 2-0 lead during a two-out rally in the second inning. After the Bees made two outs on four pitches to start the inning, each of the next five batters reached base. Navarro homered on a 0-2 pitch to put Salt Lake on the board. Fontana came up next and hit a fly ball to left field that Thompson lost in the sun, resulting in a double for Fontana. Two batters later, Bo Way sent a RBI single to center field to add another run.
The next play turned out to be one of the biggest ones of the night. With runners at first and second base and two out, Michael Hermosillo singled to left field. Thompson threw toward the plate and Rob Segedin leapt up to cut off Thompson's throw. Segedin then threw behind Ackley at third base, where Charlie Culberson applied the tag to end the inning.
OKC starting pitcher David Hale joined the team from Double-A Tulsa earlier in the day and tossed the first five innings. He allowed two runs and six hits, with one walk and three strikeouts. After getting out of the second inning, Hale retired eight of 10 batters over his final three frames.
Rehabbing Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Chris Hatcher followed Hale in the sixth and retired the side in order with one strikeout.
Salt Lake reliever Adam Hofacket (0-1) took the loss, allowing the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively.
The Dodgers look to gain the edge in their series against Salt Lake at 8:05 p.m. CT Wednesday at Smith's Ballpark. Live coverage begins at 7:50 p.m. on AM 1340 "The Game," 1340thegame.com, or through the free iHeartRadio mobile app.
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